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Cross-cultural management and communication, although recognized as one of the key competencies of the 21st century manager, is often underestimated.
This article is about one of the most important, and at the same time one of the most ignored, competencies of the 21st century manager in Poland and other places in the world.
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Distance depends on culture - today I will talk about organization structure and hierarchy. During my corporate career I reported to bosses of 14 different nationalities, including Dutch, Chinese, English, Turkish, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Indonesian, French, American, and of course Polish. Although each of them was a professional – or at least well-versed in their area of expertise – there were substantial differences emerging from distinct cultural roots, such as varying interpretations of what “leadership” means.
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The concept of “having face” is a valuable asset, which is builds through relations with others and fulfilling ones role in society, in the firm, family, or circle of acquaintances. The phenomenon of “losing face” exists throughout the whole world, as in the end no one likes to be looked down upon, embarrassed, and humiliated. However the importance of “having face” is much more significant in the East than in the West.
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Time isn’t the same everywhere. At first glance, it could appear that time flows the same for everyone. And yet a Swiss or German week has a different meaning than an Italian, Spanish or Arabic week.
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Certain people love conflicts; they feel at home embracing them. Others, on the contrary, prefer harmony to discord. Even though we might prefer to sit in a circle, hold hands and sing “kum ba yah”, sooner or later we will be faced with conflict.
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Imagine you’re an HR manager in a global company, in which a Polish department cooperates on a day-to-day basis with a team from Malaysia. And suddenly you receive complaints from both sides. The Malaysian team complains about aggression, impoliteness and low flexibility of the Polish colleagues. They, in turn, criticize the Malaysians for lack of feedback and understanding, missed deadlines, and frequent breaks at work
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